Witnesses: Yemeni forces target family of tribal leader

Story highlights

  • Hashid tribe leader, Sadiq Al-Ahmar, has called on the president to resign
  • His tribe first clashed with government forces in May
Yemeni government forces targeted compounds of the family of a tribal leader in Sanaa early Saturday, residents and witnesses said.
Hashid tribe leader, Sadiq Al-Ahmar, has called on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.
His family's homes are scattered across three districts in the capital -- Hasabah, Sofan and Natha.
This is the second attack on his family in a week.
Last week, witnesses and residents reported heavy clashes between forces and tribesmen. A spokesman for the family said six people were killed when government forces attacked homes of tribesmen in that attack. CNN could not independently verify the claim.
The Ahmar tribes first clashed with government forces in May when 12 days of fighting led to the death of more than 160 people.
The tribes are supporting change in the country and have demanded the ouster of the president.
In a separate attack, clashes erupted between soldiers loyal to a defected military general and government forces in Hasaba and Sofan districts.